I have been practicing my profession for many years. We had a management change last year, and things have been chaotic ever since. Four of my colleagues over 65 have been expelled or resigned. I feel like I’m going to be next. I can’t go to HR because they’re involved. What advice can you give me?
Just because several of your older co-workers have left doesn’t mean anything bad is happening. It could just be voluntary. Some companies offer buyouts rather than having to lay off people, so your colleagues can opt out. That said, it is prudent to protect yourself. Document what happened — names, dates, and conversations you had about your performance. Despite what you think about HR involvement, you should raise your concerns with them, if only to document what you did. In the meantime, don’t create a self-fulfilling situation. Keep staying positive and performing well.
There’s a job I want to work for my old boss, but there’s a no-poach agreement that bars him from rehiring former employees for another six months. Can my employer stop me from taking the job?
Probably yes. If your former boss has accepted a contract that prevents him from hiring one of his former employees for a certain period of time, your boss and his employer may be subject to heavy penalties and even an injunction preventing your hiring. To avoid possible disputes and cut a bridge, you better explain to your current employer that there is a great opportunity with your former boss that you would like to explore. Tell them they’ve told you they can’t hire you without company clearance, and ask them professionally if they’ll give their approval. Your employer will value respect and transparency and may grant it to you. It can also be a catalyst for a conversation about what they can do to hold you back. The worst case scenario is that they say no and you wait until the no poaching period expires, provided your boss can wait or has another role for you at that time.
Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a human resources manager. Listen to Greg Wednesdays at 9:35 a.m. on iHeartRadio 710 WOR. Email: [email protected] Follow: GoToGreg.com and on Twitter: @GregGiangrande
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